18 Old & Recent Pictures to Celebrate AUB’s 150th Anniversary!

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150 year Picture by Gino Raidy

I compiled a list of old pictures of the American University of Beirut from 1890 until today to celebrate its 150th anniversary. I found old photos from 1890, 1907, 1910, the 1920s, 1930, 1942, 1953, 1969, 1971 and 1980 all from three main sources [OldBeirut], Life and AUB. I also added a couple of recent pictures.

I always miss AUB and try to visit it every now and then. I miss hanging out with friends near Bliss, on the green oval or the cafeteria stairs. I miss running around from one class to another, I miss walking around the campus on rainy days, I miss having lunch breaks at Universal Snack and buying snacks from Abu Naji. I miss some of my teachers but I will never miss exams or studying at the library hours before an exam 😀

AUB will celebrating 150 years all year long. They are asking old students to share their AUB stories and organizing several events. Check them out [here].

AUB Assembly Hall 1890 AUB Assembly Hall 1890

AUB in the 1910s AUB in 1910

1914 old beirut AUB – 1914

AUB Assembly 1920 AUB in 1920

AUB 1920 AUB in 1920

AUB OLD non AUB Biology Classroom in the 1920s | Copyright Library of Congress

AUB 1930 AUB in the 1930s

1942 AUB AUB Medical Gate 1942

AUB 1950 AUB in the 1950s

1953 aub AUB Main Gate 1953

AUB MC 1969 AUB MC 1969

bliss 1980 Bliss Street in the 1980s

And here are few recent pictures of AUB:

AUB New mindingthe Green Oval – via Mindingthecampus

Zaha Hadid The famous Zaha Hadid building at AUB

AUB trees AUB 2011 – Source

AUB cats AUB Cats are awesome

AUBStairs I hated these stairs!

And a beautiful picture from the sky:

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A Scandal in Beirut in 1976–A Dream Come True in 2016

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On January 18, 1976, Beirut experienced a major blackout for a total of 20 minutes due to the ongoing fights. A 20 minute blackout was considered a scandal at the time even though the country was at war, and the story was mentioned in most newspapers.

Can you imagine how the Lebanese would react if the current goes out for only 20 minutes these days? They would probably panic at first, then they would hit the streets singing and dancing Dabke and offering Baklawa for a week.

This is the sad reality we are currently living, and I don’t expect the electricity situation to get better anytime soon.

The screenshot shown above is from L’OrientLeJour archives and was recently shared by one of my favorite FB pages “La guerre du Liban au jour le jour“. Check it out as they have an endless number of awesome old footages and articles.

PS: If you want 24/7 electricity, you can always move to Zahle 😀

#UpForSchool: Three Brothers Rapping To Help 1 Million Refugees Go To School

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We are currently witnessing the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades and the victims are first and foremost the children. Millions of refugee children are unable to attend schools and end up on the streets leading a catastrophic lifestyle which poses many risks on their physical and mental well-being.

I never tire of repeating that any form of education is better than no education especially for refugee children and education remains the best weapon against extremism and terrorism. Providing a safe environment for these kids is essential to help them grow up normally and focus on acquiring a good job and building a happy family rather than resorting to violence and extremism.

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There are plenty of ongoing campaigns to help these refugees get the education they need and the latest is a pretty cool one as it focuses on three talented young brothers, Samir, Abdulrahman and Mohammed, who arrived in Lebanon four years ago and love rapping. They’ve been rapping about their struggle and the Syrian People’s struggle and are sending out a message that every child has potential but it cannot be realized without an education.

The campaign aims at giving hope Syria’s Young Talent by signing the petition at upforschool.org or even taking action if you are willing to.

Check out the video, sign the petition and help spread the word!

PS: The petition will be taken to world leaders at the the Syrian Donors Conference in London in February.

[YouTube]

The Only Horoscopes You Should Listen To

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taleta2 Iza Mich el Tanen, el Khamis.

A friend weirdly emailed me horoscopes yesterday and told me that I should read them. Of course I was about to delete them at first but then I noticed there’s the La Libanaise des Jeux logo on the bottom and they turned out to be hilarious! I posted a couple of them, check out the rest on their page.

I also found and shared a couple of old ads posted right before the horoscopes that are also quite funny!

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Thank u Richy!

8 Things to Consider Before Signing up to Netflix

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If you’re just getting started with Netflix, here are 8 tips for making the most of a Netflix streaming subscription:

1- Choose the right subscription plan:
Netflix subscription plan

It offers three types of subscription plans; Basic, Standard or Premium.

The Basic subscription plan is perfect for mobile-only users especially for people with a limited data plan, because movies will stream in SD and not HD.

The Standard or Premium plan work perfectly on multiple devices (for a single user or multiple users) whereby you can watch a movie or TV show at the same time, on different devices in different locations.

2- Create Multiple Users:
Who's Watching

If you are not the only one at home using Netflix, then make sure to create multiple users before you watch any movie. Netflix, and similar streaming platforms, work on a recommendation engine. The more you watch, the more will Netflix recommend shows that you might like. Your favorite shows will also be neatly displayed on the home screen under “shows you watch”.

If everyone in the family is watching under the default user, then your favorite shows will be mixed with the ones your family members have picked and Netflix will start recommending shows that will be tailored for all the members and not just for you.

3- Parental Control:
Parental Control

Netflix contains content for all ages. So, if you have kids, you surely need to turn the parental control setting on. This can be done from the website and it will automatically apply to all the devices you use.

You must create a user for your kids, as there’s a huge variety of animated movies and series that are tailor-made for your little ones.

Netflix Kids

I would also recommend the family movies section, it has a wide selection of films for parents and kids to enjoy together.

4- Watching on a big screen:
Big Screen

If you have any of these devices (Apple TV, PS4, Xbox, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast…), then you can enjoy watching Netflix on your big screen.

My favorite is the Apple TV because the interface is slick, and the new Apple remote control experience is fully optimized to get all the features out of the app with a few swipes and minimal effort. It is far better than controlling it with your console controller.

5- Mobile Data:

If you are watching movies on your mobile, then make sure you are always connected to WIFI for if there’s a streaming movie, it will drain your data plan and it will cause additional unwanted charges.

6- Internet Connection:

If your internet connection is anything less than 2Mbps then Netflix will NOT work properly but if you are on a +2Mbps connection, like most of the Lebanese, then here are a few tips to better optimize your experience:

Take your time to choose the movie and check the reviews on IMDB before watching. You don’t want to start a movie and then drop off 15 minutes later. It’s a waste of time and data consumption. The movie usually starts the first couple of minutes with a low quality pixelated video. But, you don’t have to worry about that as it will adjust automatically to enhance the quality. Avoid constantly skipping through the movie as it will increase the data consumption taking more time to reload the video with every leap.

Average data usage: Low-Medium (0.3-0.7GB per Hour), High (up to 7GB per Hour).

7- Watchouts:
Netflix Shows

One of the disadvantages of Netflix is that you cannot watch the currently running season of your favorite series; it will only be released after all the episodes have been aired. On the other hand Netflix has lots of original content that is not found elsewhere, noting that not all content is available in Lebanon due to legal rights.

Remember, ONLY the first month is free of charge by default but it will renew automatically by the end of the month cycle.

8- Alternatives to Netflix:
Amazon Prime - Hulu

Hulu: My personal favorite; a similar service to Netflix with an even better option whereby you may watch your favorite shows directly on the next day after the episode has been aired on TV. Unfortunately, this service is only available in the US.

Amazon Prime: Its library is not as rich as the others but it does include some original content like “The Man in The High Castle”.

Finally, here’s a useful link to easily browse all the Netflix content by genre.

Happy streaming!

He’s Gay? Why? What’s Wrong With Him?

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What happens when a Lebanese guy decides to come out? This animated video by the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health explains a young man’s struggle and how the majority of Lebanese still perceive homosexuality as mental illness, even though the Lebanese Psychological Association and the Lebanese Psychiatric Society both declared in 2013 that homosexuality is not a disease and does not require a treatment.

Watch and spread the word because homosexuality is not an illness nor a trend.

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Zaffatleh El Tari2, He Gets My Vote

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Michelle & Noel Keserwany, the sisters behind the hilarious “Jagal el Usek” and “Panique Bil Parlement” video clips just released a new song called “Zaffatleh El Tarik”.

The song is spot on and right on time before the elections that should take place (hopefully) this year. I hope Lebanese will listen carefully to the lyrics and hold their Zaiims and MPs accountable this year for the disastrous situation we are in right now.

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A Kind Reminder: Garbage Is Still Out There

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These pictures were taken in Dora yesterday and it’s probably even worse today. Meanwhile, the government is still undecided on where to send the garbage and the health and environmental risks associated with this crisis have already reached an alarming level.

In fact, the American University of Beirut’s K2P Center issued a report back in December 2015 stating that “alarming air levels of dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been identified, rendering this problem nothing short of an emergency”. They also added that “time lapse and changes in weather conditions have affected the release of toxins, contamination of food and water, and emergence of infectious diseases; thus necessitating immediate action”. [Full Report]

If you are looking to read more on the garbage crisis in Lebanon and its history, I recommend these two great pieces by Matt Nash:

[Recycling history: Lebanon set to repeat past mistakes]
[Dissecting a waste empire: How Lebanese governments created a trash monopoly]

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On another note, riot police members were caught posing in their new uniforms.

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The Funniest Reactions To The Aoun-Geagea Agreement

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bousaab via LebaneseMemes

Lebanese are always ready to make jokes no matter what the occasion! Today was a historic day for some and a joke for others. Here are some of the funniest reactions that were shared online in the last few hours.

PS: Here’s the [song] that will top all charts this week. Thank u Michel!


zaffe Tfaddalo 3al buffet – via ElieFares

newflag New LF Flag – via LebaneseMemes

Elissakh Elissa being funny for a change

adeele Tweet of the day – via عديلة

mawtoura Hilarious stuff from Mawtoura